The United Kingdom recorded record net immigration, estimated at half a million people, mainly from populations outside the European Union, in a post-pandemic context marked by the conflict in Ukraine.
According to estimates from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) released on Thursday, the UK recorded net immigration of 504,000 people between June 2021 and June 2022. This figure increased by 331,000 people compared to the last year. “A series of events around the world have affected migration patterns […] taken together they are unprecedented,” said Jay Lindop, director of the international migration center at the ONS.
She mentioned the many elements that had contributed to reaching these “record long-term immigration levels”, in this case the first full period since leaving the EU, with the conflict in Ukraine and the reception of Afghan nationals or overseas passport holders fleeing Hong Kong.
She added that the increase in arrivals from non-EU countries, in particular students after the lifting of travel restrictions following the Covid-19 pandemic, or the arrival of refugees from Ukraine were all “factors independent of each other” and that it was “too early to say whether this picture will be maintained[it]”.
In detail, 39% of immigrants arrived with a student visa, 21% with a work visa. In addition to legal immigration figures, the ONS estimates that 35,000 people crossed the Channel illegally during this period.
Under pressure over the issue, Home Secretary Suella Braverman admitted on November 23 that the British government had “failed to control the borders”.
RT All Fr Trans